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Friday, May 18, 2007


Apologies. What with one thing and another, things is being rather lacklustre at the moment. It's hard to keep a handle on the cascade of information, unearthed dead technology, modern ruins, failed futures, innovations and collections.

'We aim to tackle the human habit of automatically absorbing our surroundings without actually perceiving them. Our product ranges enable the viewer to realize relevant social developments through intelligent, entertaining design.' Sweet Dreams Security, a project by RCA graduate Matthias Megyeri. The 'Mrs Welcome' net curtains are our favourite / a wonderful showcase of Ekranoplan Technology at Dark Roasted Blend - the kind of over-reaching, highly ambitious project that has an incredible half life on the internet, endlessly cropping up in admiring posts.

Climate change: A guide for the perplexed / Where, 'a blog about urban places, placemaking and the concept of "place"', which links to this discussion about car-free cities, 'Designing Cities for People, Rather than Cars...' / Ghost of a flea, a weblog / Alex's Space, a weblog / The Stupid Shall be Punished, a weblog that's mainly about submarines.

We made this, a weblog with a design slant / Dan Germain's weblog / The Whole Damn Mutha's Gonna Blow on Jonathan Meades' new TV series Abroad Again. The odd tiny snippet available on YouTube / a homage to Colin St John Wilson, who died last week. Wilson's art collection is now at Pallant House Gallery, near Chichester, in an extension he designed himself. On Last Word on Sunday, Wilson recalled how he bought his first piece in 1947, before swapping it for another painting a few years later. Overall, he said, he had 'lost' 50 paintings to swaps, 'and an Aston Martin, but that's another story.'

'La Tonnara and the Chamber of Death; Arabian floating architecture in Sicily'. Oh to have the time to put together a post of that quality. On intensive tuna fishing, Islamic city planning, the aviary at London Zoo and more / ' There are more than 2,000 dead towns and villages within a radius of 250 kms (155 miles) around Chernobyl reactor. Each year I travel, I see more and more ruined places.' More from Elena Filatova, the atomic biker.

Italian Soundtracks, devoted to collecting those ultra-rare movie LPs with garish covers and impossibly chic (to modern ears) bossanova beats / Cardboard Spaceship, a weblog / Bluurb, a weblog with an advertising commentary slant.

Preservation activists discover a home on YouTube / a potted history of expanding storage requirements / collect the set: Hieronymous Bosch figurines from The Garden of Earthly Delights (image via Bosch Universe). One of many bizarre objects for sale at the Talaria Enterprises Museum Store.

Future Shock, the film of the book (by Alvin Toffler), narrated by Orson Welles and thick with the raw paranoia and fear of tomorrow that characterised that decade. Revised here. Definite zombie movie overtones. See also Threads, which still looks cold, bleak and brilliant, with the slow drip of broadcast news the only thing to cling to. Related, Pear Tree House, an innocent block of flats that once housed 'the former control centre [in the event of Nuclear War] for South East London in the basement'.

Albion Drive: a saga of modern Britain, anecdotal data about London's frazzled housing market (via me-fi / Tiny Homes / Dear Internet, re: SmithsonianImages.SI.Edu / neat gifts and toys for sale at Thorsten van Elten / the Built Environment Blog, seen before, but worth going back / Ceiling Height Can Affect How A Person Thinks, Feels And Acts / AUDC, 'a research group dedicated to using the tools of architecture to research the role of the individual and the community in the contemporary urban environment.' / a ghost marina, near San Jose.